Friday, January 22, 2010

Magical Matar Paneer with Basmati Rice

Courtesy of Supreme Master Television

(For all ingredients, please use organic versions if available)

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2–3 cups of water
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 6 red tomato
  • ½ of chopped onion
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon tumeric powder
  • ½ tablespoon cumin powder
  • ½ tablespoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or green chili (optional)
  • Plain soy yogurt (garnish)
  • Coriander (garnish)

Directions (to make fragrant basmati rice):
1. A cup of rice
2. 2½ or 2 cups of water
3. A little salt
4. Let it boil and cover it

Directions (to make tomato sauce):
1. Turn the stove on and put it to medium
2. Put about 2 tablespoons of olive oil
3. Add the onions
4. After the onions are already transparent add the tomatoes
5. Add a little bit of salt
6. Add about half a teaspoon of turmeric
7. Put 1 tablespoon of sea salt
8. Turn the stove up just little bit higher
9. After the tomatoes are already turning the color and already gotten soft do a quick blender to make it a purée

Directions (to make tomato sauce mixture):
1. Add a tablespoon of olive oil
2. Turn up the stove
3. Put few sprinkles of cumin seeds (they’re going to pop)
4. If they already cooked, they will turn slightly brown, and you will see them move around in the oil
5. Move it around little bit to get even temperature all through the pan
6. Add the tomato sauce
7. Turn the stove down just a little bit more
8. Stir it
9. Add couple of the green chilies
10. Add half a tablespoon of cumin powder
11. Add half a tablespoon of garam masala
12. Put enough of the red chili powder to give that little color
13. Add little bit of salt
14. Add the garlic
15. Add ginger paste
16. Add organic green peas
17. Move the pan and the sauce and let it cook in the background

Directions (frying the tofu):
1. Turn stove up a little bit
2. After warm enough add a little bit of olive oil
3. Add the tofu
4. Turn stove up little bit higher so the tofu can start getting a little bit golden brown
5. Once they turn golden brown, put it in our seasoning (tomato sauce and peas, matar)
6. Add some Bay leaves can give good flavor as well (optional)

Directions (to make matar paneer):
1. Put the fried tofu to the tomato sauce mixture
2. Stir until mixed well
3. After looks like that is going well
4. Turn stove off
5. Put the fragrant basmati rice to your plate
6. Put the tomato sauce mixture over the basmati rice
7. Put the cilantro leaves over the dish (optional)
8. Sprinkle soy yogurt over the top (optional)
9. Ready to serve